The daffodils seemed to be sulking in the bud stage for weeks this year.... in protest, I think, of the cold weather and lack of sunshine.
They finally decided to brave the world the first week in April, 2-3 weeks behind a normal year. Not only has this Spring has been unusually cold, but we've also had some pretty erratic weather.
We had a heavy snowfall a couple of weeks ago, with some of the largest flakes I've ever seen...some up to an inch across. It was really quite beautiful, in spite of coming out of season. Fortunately, it melted away very quickly.
The daffodils survived this HAIL a few days ago, with some stones over a half inch in diameter. The sun was shining one minute, then the hailstorm came.....and ten minutes later the sun was shining again.
To an Early Daffodil
Thou yellow trumpeter of laggard Spring!
Thou herald of rich Summer's myriad flowers!
The climbing sun with new recovered powers
Does warm thee into being, through the ring
Of rich, brown earth he woos thee, makes thee fling
Thy green shoots up, inheriting the dowers
Of bending sky and sudden, sweeping showers,
Till ripe and blossoming thou art a thing
To make all nature glad, thou art so gay;
To fill the lonely with a joy untold;
Nodding at every gust of wind to-day,
To-morrow jewelled with raindrops. Always bold
To stand erect, full in the dazzling play
Of April's sun, for thou hast caught his gold.
Welcome to April...and daffodils...and sunshine!!